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Queen pays Jubilee visit to Norfolk village phone box

09:49 25 May 2012

A life size cut out of  The Queen has taken up residence in the Telephone Box at South Lopham, as part of the preparations for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration weekend. Pictured are sisters Evie (blue cardi) and Scarlet Henssen.

A life size cut out of The Queen has taken up residence in the Telephone Box at South Lopham, as part of the preparations for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration weekend. Pictured are sisters Evie (blue cardi) and Scarlet Henssen.

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The Queen doesn’t often visit red phone boxes to make calls, but one Norfolk village appears to have a direct line to Her Majesty and knows where to find her.

A lifesize cut-out of the Queen has taken up residence in a phone box close to the White Horse pub in The Street, South Lopham, thanks to the efforts of pupils at St Andrews Primary School, North Lopham, who spent a week designing and making the artwork, which comes complete with a handbag and chandelier.

The disused call box was bought by the parish council for £1 as part of a nationwide initiative to preserve the distinctive red boxes and since then the facility has been home to an art exhibition, Christmas display and a book exchange for the community.

Ruth Lewis, a teacher with the school’s Discovery class, said up to 20 children took a week to create the cut-out Queen, including a number from her own discovery class, aged between four and seven, and representatives of the school’s art club, aged between four and 11.

The children worked with local artist Bethan Hensser, whose children, Evie, seven and Scarlet Hensser, five, attend the school and were involved in creating the Queen using glitter, paint and jewels.

School governor Jenny Vere said: “Because a year ago the parish council bought the phone box for £1 they wanted it to be a community facility attraction so the school put on an art exhibition in the phone box with pictures that fitted into the windows and at Christmas we decorated it with baubles, so this is the Diamond Jubilee display.”

Evie said: “I think it is really good and I like all the jewels that have been put on with the glitter. I think she is a really good Queen and does a lot for the community.” And Scarlet added: “I think she is a really nice person.”

The village will be holding an extravaganza to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation at the village hall and on the playing field.

Events will start at 2pm on Saturday, June 2 with Strike Up the Music, followed by a fancy-dress parade at 2.30pm and fancy-dress judging at 3pm.

A Punch and Judy show will then keep the crowds entertained at 3.15pm before Maypole dancing at 3.30pm.

For children, there will be a street party at 4.15pm followed by a teens eats event at 4.30pm.

At 4.45pm there will be a tug of war between teams from the Kings Head and White Horse pubs, while at 5.30pm there will be beach volleyball with music from the Waveney Four from 4.30pm-7pm.

In the evening, Mick the Baker and his band will be performing at the village hall, from 7.30pm. Entry is £5.

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